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The Samsung J series has been performing well in the entry-level and midrange market in the past couple of years. This year, the Korean giant refreshes its smartphone line with newer versions of Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7. Both smartphones offers capable feature sets for less cash.  These include few upgrades from last year’s handsets and appealing price standpoint. Check out what Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 have in store for us this year.

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 and Galaxy J5 2016 Philippines

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2016): Tested and proven design


Samsung sticks with its same no-nonsense design. Both handsets come with straightforward looks. However, the Galaxy-maker added a diamond cut metallic frame which makes these smartphones standout in the wild. The back panel is entirely plastic with brushed metal finish




Most elements are still on their proper places. The home button is still imposing at the bottom portion of the front panel. The off-the-screen menus accompany the home button below; while the selfie camera, proximity sensors and LED flash are situated on the top of the display.

Both handsets come with round edges which make them easier to use. Overall, the smartphones register an appealing ergonomic design.

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 and Galaxy J5 2016 Philippines


Display

The Super AMOLED tech of the Korean company is still the bread and butter of its displays. Both the Galaxy J5 and the Galaxy J7 comes with HD panel which registers vibrant colours. The latter is the bigger puppy between the two with its 5.5-inch screen real estate while the Samsung Galaxy J5 settles with a slightly smaller 5.2-inch display.

Internals and Camera

When it comes to the hardware, both handsets churn with powerful processors. This year, Samsung manages to rev-up these handsets’ processors. The Samsung Galaxy J5 ticks with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410. The package includes four cores of Cortex-A53 with 1.2GHz speed and Adreno 306 GPU. There’s a 16GB on-board memory which could be expanded up to 128GB via microSD slot.

Samsung Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J5 2016 Specs, Philippines

The Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 is even more powerful with an Exynos 7870 SoC. This is a Samsung’s proprietary chipset with 1.6GHz octa-core processor. In terms of memory, the Galaxy J7 has a beefier 3GB RAM compared to the Galaxy J5’s 2GB RAM. It also packs the same 16GB of native storage with up to 128GB expansion option.

For the purpose of comparison, previous year’s models only come with 8GB of internal memory and 1.5GB RAM. On that note, multitasking and app launching are faster in the current generation of Galaxy J handsets.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2016) have identical cameras – 13MP rear camera and 5MP selfie shooter. Both  front and back cameras have f/1.9 apertures which means that more light can pass thru the lens and can perform better in lowlight environments.

Battery, Software and Availability

What’s more impressive is the fact that these handsets boot with Android 6.0 Marshmallow underneath the popular Samsung TouchWiz skin. The Galaxy J7 2016 is powered by a 3300 mAh removable battery while Galaxy J5 has 3100 mAh Li-Ion battery.

Both handsets are now available in the Philippines in White and Gold color options. The Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 comes with an asking price of Php 14,990 while the Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 has a cheaper Php 11,990 price tag.

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 Specs

DISPLAY
5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED
720 x 1280 pixels
PLATFORM
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Exynos 7870 SoC
1.6GHz Octa-core Processor
MEMORY
16GB ROM, 3GB RAM
MicroSD support, up to 128GB
CAMERA
13MP f/1.9 Rear Camera with LED Flash
5MP f/1.9 Front Camera with LED Flash
SOUND
Loudspeaker
3.5mm jack
CONNECTIVITY
4G/LTE, 3G/HSPA+
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP
GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC
microUSB v2.0
SENSORS
Accelerometer, Proximity
DIMENSION
151.7 x 76 x 7.8 mm
WEIGHT
170 g
SIM
Dual SIM (Micro), Dual Stand-by
BATTERY
Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery, Removable
COLORS
White, Gold
IN- BOX BUNDLE
MicroSD 32GB
PRICE
Php 14,990

Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 Specs


DISPLAY
5.2-inch HD Super AMOLED
720 x 1280 pixels, 282 ppi
PLATFORM
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 Chipset
1.2 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU
Adreno 306 GPU
MEMORY
16GB ROM, 2GB RAM
MicroSD support, up to 128GB
CAMERA
13MP f/1.9 AF Rear Camera with LED Flash
5MP f/1.9 Front Camera with LED Flash
SOUND
Loudspeaker
3.5mm jack
CONNECTIVITY
4G/LTE, 3G/HSPA+
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP
GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC
microUSB v2.0
SENSORS
Accelerometer, Proximity
DIMENSION
145.8 x 72.3 x 8.1mm
WEIGHT
159 g
SIM
Dual SIM, Dual Stand-by
BATTERY
Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery, Removable
COLORS
White, Gold
IN- BOX BUNDLE
MicroSD 32GB
PRICE
Php 11,990


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